The government intends to spend £9m on cyber security education and awareness - what exactly will the government do with that money?
Willetts: Through the NCSP we are investing heavily in skills, research, education and awareness to improve cyber security capability in the UK. We are:
• establishing 11 new Academic Centres for Excellence in Cyber Security Research;
• improving cyber security skills among the public sector including the police and military;
• establishing Centres of Doctoral Training to facilitate PhDs in Cyber Security;
• supporting initiatives such as the Cyber Security Challenge;
• working through multiple initiatives to embed cyber security throughout schooling and higher education, to help develop future skills.
To strengthen awareness of cyber security, the government has announced a £4m e-Confidence initiative targeting groups of individuals and small businesses. This includes an education element encouraging young people to take and keep control of their online lives.
Should it be a mandatory requirement for students to study cyber security at a certain stage?
Willetts: The approach of the NCSP has been to encourage wide awareness of the excitement and practicality of entering cyber security as a profession, and support the development of appropriate skills and security awareness among a generally digitally-capable workforce and society.
This starts from primary school where pupils are taught about using the internet securely, the importance of choosing secure passwords and about email threats, and continues throughout a pupil's school career.
As pupils go on to study GCSEs and A-levels, it is important that they develop an understanding of why security is important in the design, development and implementation of technology.
Gove: Children and young people should understand the importance of keeping information secure and know how to guard against threats of online fraud and other types of cyber crime.
We have revised the computing curriculum in the light of advice from experts in this area including CEOP and Childnet, who specialise in protecting children online. We have set a clear expectation that children will be taught how to use the internet securely, and I welcome the publication of excellent resources for teachers to help them do this, including those from Get Safe Online and e-skills' "Behind the Screen".
Computing's Securing Talent campaign aims to raise awareness of the growing need for people with cyber security skills in industry and government, and for clearer pathways into the cyber security profession.